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Windows 8 Contracts and Extensions: Search

Don't re-invent the wheel when building your Windows 8 apps. Instead, save coding time by using (and customizing) the Search contract to add this critical piece of functionality.

Async Actions in ASP.NET MVC 4

Learn how to use asynchronous controller actions in ASP.NET MVC 4 by building a simple Contacts Manager app.

Mapping and Location with Mono for Android

Google has replaced MapView with MapFragment for adding mapping and location in Android. Learn what the new API can do, and how to use it.

How to Set Up In-App Purchasing for Your Windows Phone App

In-App purchasing helps you make money after the initial sale. Learn how to use the new API to set it up.

Microsoft Releases Previews of Visual Studio 2013, .NET Framework 4.5.1

The products are "go-live," so Microsoft will support them in production.

Best Practices for Transitioning from ASP.NET to Windows 8 Development

One key change that will smooth your transition from ASP.NET to Windows 8 is to think like a designer from the outset.

Create Object Clones Through the Prototype Pattern in .NET

The Prototype Pattern involves cloning objects. Learn how to create both deep and shallow clones for instances in your program where creating a new object won't work.

Cross-Platform Development with Portable Class Libraries

In a Bring Your Own Device (BOYD) world, .NET Framework support for Portable Class Libraries (PCLs) provides a base for writing code that will run on any platform -- provided you understand the limitations of PCLs and how to structure your applications to exploit them.

Microsoft Celebrates a Year of Open Source Success

The Open Technologies Group has open sourced ASP.NET, MVC 4, and the Entity Framework, among other technologies.

Unity vs. MEF: Picking the Right Dependency Injection Manager

Peter Vogel compares both of the Microsoft dependency injection managers/inversion of control containers and comes up with a decision tree for picking the correct one.

Say What? Incorporating Windows Phone 8 Speech Recognition into Your Apps

The Windows Phone 8 SDK added a speech recognition API that's easy to use and flexible. Learn how to put it to work in your application.

Documenting C++ APIs with Doxygen

Documenting your code is a critical part of development, but too many developers pay too little attention to proper commenting. C++ devs have a tool that can help.

Recording Media in a Windows Store App, Part 1: Audio

Eric Vogel demonstrates how to use the Windows Runtime MediaCapture API to record audio.

The Windows Runtime Media API

Learn how to play multimedia files with the Windows Runtime media API.

Juice Up Your Android App UI

Make your Android app's design more inviting to users by enhancing things like keyboards and forms, so they'll keep coming back to it.

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